2014 MFA Thesis

Jian X Yi

JIAN X YI is a multidisciplinary artist working across performance, video/new media, photography, sculpture and social installation. His art practice is grounded in performance traditions and contemporary new media work that engages with the social, the aesthetic and the political in thought provoking ways. The conceptual concerns and radical social aesthetics in his practice are based in the new movement towards the aesthetics and engagement of intimacy, relationality and personal transformation.

Coming from a background of contemporary work and studies in experimental theatre, photomedia and visual poetry, socially-engaged practice and performance art, he is interested in forging the connection between experimental forms, and political and personal narratives of social relevance. Pushing the affective boundaries of art to make new interventionist practice – his work is centered in explorations of existential issues of death and melancholia, identity, belonging, love, politics and community. He has participated and shown in exhibitions, performances and screenings in diverse settings internationally.

Always interested in developing opportunities for experimental practice, Jian works with different conceptual ideas and publics, and undertakes collaborations and projects on a regular basis. He is currently based in Melbourne and New York.


Jian X Yi / Why are we unhappy? / 2012 / Mixed media

Jian X Yi / Strangers / 2013 / Photography series

Jian X Yi / The dream state / 2011 / Performance

Jian X Yi / Psycho Love - Magic Man / 2012 / Video

Jian X Yi / I love jesus / 2011 / Performance